Ipoh and chill: What to do on your next weekend getaway

One of the many murals that adorn Ipoh's alleys.
One of the many murals that adorn Ipoh's alleys.ST PHOTO: CLARA LOCK
Ipoh specialties include white coffee and custard pudding at Sin Yoon Loong coffee shop.
Ipoh specialties include white coffee and custard pudding at Sin Yoon Loong coffee shop.ST PHOTO: CLARA LOCK
Coffee shops and eateries dating back to the 1950s help Ipoh maintain its rustic charm.
Coffee shops and eateries dating back to the 1950s help Ipoh maintain its rustic charm.ST PHOTO: CLARA LOCK
Artists sell their crafts and paintings at small stalls in Ipoh's old town.
Artists sell their crafts and paintings at small stalls in Ipoh's old town.ST PHOTO: CLARA LOCK
Ipoh specialties include kway teow soup, fresh and crunchy beansprouts and poached chicken at the well-known Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau.
Ipoh specialties include kway teow soup, fresh and crunchy beansprouts and poached chicken at the well-known Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau.ST PHOTO: CLARA LOCK

IPOH - Ipoh has all the ingredients for an ideal weekend getaway. Street food is cheap and delicious, the flight is just over an hour long, and the pace is laid back enough to come back feeling rested from your holiday.

While the capital of Perak has often been overlooked in favour of its flashier neighbour, Penang, Ipoh is fast gaining popularity among Singaporean travellers. The former tin mining town saw its heyday during the tin-mining boom in the early to mid 1900s, but lost its sheen when tin prices fell in the late 1900s.

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